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Chester Bowl Ski & Snowboard Lottery Tuesday 10/24/17

The 2017 Chester Bowl Ski and Snowboard Lottery is Tuesday, October 24th, at the Vineyard Church (1533 W Arrowhead Road).

Registration begins at 5:30, with the program starting at 6pm. Because of the time required to park and register, we strongly recommend arriving no later than 5:45 pm so that we can start promptly at 6.

The Ski and Snowboard Lottery is a required event for anyone looking to rent gear for the season at Chester Bowl. All season rental families must also purchase a Chester Bowl Season Pass. Our rental system is different than most ski areas; we rent out equipment for the entire season, and it is yours to keep with you all winter, even using at other ski areas.  We do NOT offer daily equipment rentals.  Rentals packages are either a ski package (skis, boots, poles, helmet) or a snowboard package (snowboard, boots, helmet).

As you arrive, you will register yourself to have your family added to our lottery.  Once the event starts, Chester Bowl staff and volunteers will give a brief overview of the programs offered at Chester Bowl, as well as upcoming events and the required volunteering commitment.  We will then draw names of the families in attendance. When your name is called, you will go to the signup area and register your family for the earliest remaining fitting time that works for you. You are then able to leave the lottery.  Families that are new to Chester Bowl and those that completed their volunteer hours last winter are in the first pool to be drawn. Those that were prior participants and did NOT complete their volunteer hours will be in the second drawing.

You will also have the opportunity to begin signing up for your volunteer hours, and also to purchase tickets to November 10th’s Skis, Suds, & Slices fundraiser.

Fitting dates will be published soon, but we will have at least nine fitting nights on weeknights starting on the 1st of November.

Only one adult from each family needs to attend the lottery.  Children are welcome, but most families choose to come without them if possible.  No payments are required or accepted at the lottery. Payment is due at the time of purchase/rental at the fitting nights.

Last year we were able to pilot a snowboard rental program with 50 snowboards thanks to a grant from Essentia Health Community Contributions. Because demand last year far exceeded our supply, we did purchase additional equipment this offseason and have nearly doubled our snowboard inventory!  The snowboard fittings will be on the first fitting night. Families can sign up for both a snowboard and skis so that they have a ski fitting night reserved if they were not able to get a snowboard.

If you are not renting gear this year, and are just purchasing a season pass, you DO NOT need to attend the lottery.  If you are hoping to rent gear, but can not get someone to the lottery, please contact us as soon as possible AFTER the lottery, and we will add you to the fittings as space is available.

In many winters we do rent out all of our equipment to those who have come to the lottery, and may not be able to accommodate everyone who contacts us after the lottery,  so we STRONGLY recommend coming to the lottery if you want to rent gear this season.

With any questions about our winter program, please contact Sam at 724-9832 or sam@chesterbowl.org.

Chester Bowl ski and snowboard season 2017 closed

As of the end of the day Sunday, March 19th, 2017, Chester Bowl’s Ski and Snowboard program is closed for the year.  We hope to have you with us to celebrate a successful winter at our End of Season Potluck and Awards Ceremony at 5:45 pm, Sunday, March 26th, at the Vineyard Church, 1533 Arrowhead Road.

Gear rented from Chester Bowl must be returned on April 11, 12, or 13 between 5:30 and 8:30 pm.

Chester Creek Concert Series Announced!

We are very excited to announce our lineup for 2016’s Chester Creek Concert Series!  Please join us on Tuesdays this summer to experience free outdoor live music!  Thank you to the City of Duluth Parks and Recreation Department and Kat Country 98.9 and Midwest Communications for sponsoring this series.

To check for weather cancellations on concert days, please call our hotline at 218-730-4326 after 6pm.

Concert Series

Fun Slope Open

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Our Fun Slope is open, and our skiers and boarders are loving the new addition to the hill!  We held our grand opening on Friday, January 22nd.

Working with private contractors and city staff, the Chester Bowl Improvement Club was able to facilitate the addition of a new run- our “Fun Slope”. This newly skiable area is peppered with berms and waves of snow, creating a unique ski and snowboard experience that skiers and boarders of all ages are sure to love. We had another problem- this area was not adequately lit! Without new- and expensive- lighting, we would need to close this area off each day after darkness fell. This wasn’t a good option for us, so we sought out partners to make a lighting project happen.

I can’t overemphasize how much we rely on the generosity of individuals and businesses to help us accomplish projects like our FunSlope. As a very small non-profit with only 2 year-round staff, we could not make this happen otherwise.

Thank you to the following individuals and organizations who contributed to this project with a donation of time and/or materials:

For our lighting project: Scott Haedtke, Gausman and Moore, initial lighting plan; Brandon Smith, Holophane, donation of lighting materials; Jordan Oja, Corey Eye-lee, and Dale Tikka, Simco electrical work and materials; The Minnesota Power Foundation for a grant for the light pole and installation.

City Crews were also heavily involved in all aspects of this project: Joe Miller, overall planning and oversight; The entire Parks and Rec trails and trees crew, including Ben Sosnieki, Bob Bugbee, Bob Dunsmore, Billy Davis, Darrin Frankoviak (also our lead groomer who constructed the snow elements); Doug Rosas, Larry Abrahamson, Todd Halbakken.
The project also included a new lower lift building: Bryan Thoreson, Mark Kettelhut, Tony Livingston, Rick Hanson

As a volunteer driven organization, we also are indebted to our volunteer Board of Directors and Development Committee.  The idea began with recently retired Executive Director Thom Storm- Thank you for your vision, Thom

We appreciate all of the local media coverage we received.  You can see what everyone is saying about the Fun Slope at the links below.

http://www.northlandsnewscenter.com/news/local/Fun-Slope-at-Chester-Bowl-opens-366317901.html

 http://www.wdio.com/article/stories/S4026103.shtml?cat=10335

 http://www.fox21online.com/news/local-news/a-beloved-duluth-park-gets-a-new-attraction/37590728

 http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/video/1yjstIXT 

 

Chalet Renovation- public meetings!

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We have exciting news!  The Chester Bowl Improvement Club Board of Directors and staff are in the early stages of planning an expansion and renovation of the Thom Storm Chalet, and we want you to participate in the process!

 

If you have spent time in the chalet during ski and snowboard season- or during summer camp- you have seen that our building is not large enough to fully accommodate everyone who wants to be part of our programs.  In fact, we had to limit summer camp registration based on the available indoor space for rainy days, and some days filled four hours after registration opened!  We also recognize that the building is deteriorating and is very energy in-efficient.

 

The Board of Directors has been working with LHB Corporation to develop an initial design plan to present for public comment.  We have three meetings planned to gather public input on the proposed renovation and expansion to the Thom Storm Chalet and share our work on this project to date. The public meetings will take place on:

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016, 7:00 pm

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016, 6:00 pm

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016, 6:00 pm

All public meetings will take place at: Central Hillside Center, 12 E 4th Street

 

In November, 2014, the City of Duluth approved the Chester Park Mini-Master Plan to guide future use and development in Chester Bowl Park. One specific concept included was a chalet renovation and expansion. Click here for more information. At these meetings, the CBIC will present the process to date of the Mini-Master Plan and the needs and factors leading to the chalet redesign. LHB Corporation will then present the current design concept and solicit comments and feedback on the design. Each meeting will build on the last as comments and changes may be worked into the design concept. After the public process, the final plan will proceed to the Parks Commission, the Planning Commission, and the City Council for approval before fundraising and construction will begin. This project is a partnership between the CBIC and the City of Duluth.

 

If you are unable to attend the meetings, you may email comments to Dave Schaeffer with the CBIC at dave@chesterbowl.org or mail comments to the Chester Bowl Improvement Club, 1801 E Skyline Pkwy, Duluth, MN 55812.

 

You can see the press release from the City of Duluth at this link.

 

Please join us at the public meetings and invite your friends!  We need your ideas and participation to ensure that we build the best chalet possible!

 

 

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Chester Bowl Chairlift closed for season

Due to the warm weather and rapidly deteriorating snow conditions, the Chester Bowl Chairlift is now closed for the season.
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POT LUCK B-B-Q AND PICNIC WILL BE HELD FROM 12-2:30. We have 150 hot dogs for the grill, along with numerous cans of pop & juice from the concessions stand. We will provide plates, napkins, & utensils. Bring your own grill items if you wish & a dish to share.
Come over and see your friends & help celebrate a successful ski season!